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    Call for papers for 13th annual IMCA seminar

    Organisations and Associations // April 1, 2005
    Following hot on the heels of the highly successful twelfth Annual IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) seminar held in Singapore in early December 2004, plans are now under way for the 2005 event, which will be held in the UAE in late November.

    IMCA's rapidly expanding Middle East & India Section will host the Annual Seminar, which will, like the 2004 event, be an IMCA division-wide seminar combining topical plenary sessions of interest to all involved in offshore, marine and underwater engineering, and with parallel marine and diving sessions.

    "We are now eager to receive suggestions for papers, presentations and topics for inclusion in the programme," says IMCA's Technical Director, Jane Bugler. "International operational experience, technological developments and current issues are all expected to be included in the two-day programme, but of course, we are particularly eager to include contributions reflecting the particular characteristics of operating in the Middle East & India region. We are seeing a significant escalation in the use ofDP vessels and ROVs in the region as well as an increase in the number of our member companies who are basing their West African, Caspian and Indian operations in the Middle East; and we would like some of the presentations at the 2005 Annual Seminar - the thirteenth in the series - to reflect these changes."

    Once again the Annual Seminar will be open to members and non-members - regularly updated information will appear on the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com/events. There will also be an opportunity for IMCA members to book space in the associated exhibition.More than 170 delegates attended the two-day IMCA Annual Seminar held in Singapore at the beginning of December 2004. This was the twelfth annual seminar and a joint Marine and Diving Division event with the theme 'Marine Contracting: from Deepwater Construction Vessels to Offshore Diving'.

    "Participants included offshore and onshore management and operational staff, together with a variety of special consultants, equipment manufacturers and client and regulatory representatives," explains Jane Bugler.

    "The topics covered in the presentations ranged from topical issues, such as the ISPS Code, through to practical experience, the latest technological developments and operational practices. The seminar also included nine workshops that built on and extended the discussion on topics presented during the event. Once again there was a well-supported exhibition where relevant equipment and services were on display.

    "The whole seminar was well received, combining interesting presentations, constructive debate and wide ranging discussions with social events where delegates and speakers could network and discuss issues further."

    The proceedings of the event are now available on CD, with copies distributed to delegates and IMCA members and now also available for sale to other interested parties. A brief report on the seminar is available at www.imca-int.com/events.

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